Event / Blackwell's, Oxford

Let’s Discuss the NHS: Dr Adrian Massey in conversation with Dr Youssef El-Gingihy

12 Feb 2019 – 19.00 - 20.30

As part of the celebration of Blackwell’s 140th Anniversary, a new series of talks will be launched by Dr Adrian Massey and Dr Youssef El-Gingihy, who will be talking about their new books and the state of the NHS.

Following the talk there will be an extended question and answer section.

The NHS is stretched to its limits. Yet doctors are writing 10 million sick-notes a year for people they cannot ‘fix’, while patients with treatable diseases queue for appointments. This is Britain’s grave error: our hyper-medicalised society has falsely equated illness with unfitness to work-mistaking a social problem for a medical one. Dr Adrian Massey argues compellingly that we should leave doctors out of it and seek tailored, contractual, employer-employee solutions, but obstacles block this path: over-complex employment law; an outdated benefits system overburdening doctors and traumatising the vulnerable; and a workplace culture that is too inflexible to keep sick employees in work. Sick-Note Britain is a blistering condemnation of a sham system that works for nobody, and an urgent call to rethink how we manage sickness-for the sake of our economy, our wellbeing, and our health service.

Adrian Massey has been a doctor for over twenty years. He has sat on the executive of occupational medicine’s most prominent professional bodies, the Faculty and the Society, and served as a special advisor on governmental consultations including the Council for Work and Health and the DWP’s fit-note review under David Blunkett.

Dr Youssef El-Gingihy is a GP working at the Bromley by Bow centre in Tower Hamlets, and author of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps. He also worked collaboratively on a documentary on the NHS called Sell-Off. Youssef graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford.


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Sick-Note Britain
How Social Problems Became Medical Issues
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